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Sea Lion Caves

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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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It's a beautiful drive up US 101 to this place. It is $14 to go down the elevator 200 feet to see... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David H
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Indianapolis
Worth Seeing when the Sea Lions are in the caves

Have been in the caves many times, but moved away and didn't visit for over thirty years. Recently... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
rh2340
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Deer Island, Oregon
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Considered the largest sea cave in the United States, this site is where Steller sea lions and their cubs take shelter each year. Sea Lion Caves is a privately owned wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary. The Caves has been in operation since 1932 preserving and protecting the wildlife under our care. We are open 363 days a year only closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving day. Our normal hours of operation are 9 am until dusk year round. We are not a zoo and the animals are free to come and go as they please. The sea lions can usually be found at either of four locations on the property; in the Cave, in the water, at the Lookout/rockery, and on other nearby rock ledges. HOWEVER, THE SEA LIONS ARE NOT ALWAYS IN THE CAVE OR MAY BE MIGRATING OUT OF AREA - THEY ARE WILD ANIMALS AND COME AND GO AS THE PLEASE. CALL AHEAD FOR INFORMATION. Self-guided are the rule, but guided tours are available.
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“gift shop” (145 reviews)
“elevator ride” (50 reviews)
“viewing area” (63 reviews)
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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a beautiful drive up US 101 to this place. It is $14 to go down the elevator 200 feet to see the sea lions in the cave. It was amazing seeing them in their natural environment. There was probably 250-300 sea lions that day...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been in the caves many times, but moved away and didn't visit for over thirty years. Recently visited with my wife and Grand daughter. The Sea Lions were in the cave and the sight was magnificent, There was a very large Bull on the...More

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves and sharing your experience with us! We love hearing from happy customers! We couldn’t agree more. We think seeing the sea lions in the cave is pretty magnificent too! Watching them interact and play with each other is...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to visit because of the uniqueness of viewing from a cave. It’s sort of corny but you have to see to for yourself. We’re not sorry we went......not something you see every day.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With a large family it got expensive, but over all I'd say it's worth it to take the elevator down into the caves.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this place. While it may seem like a tourist trap because of the shop at the top the caves are amazing. They smell bad because the sea lions really live there. Carved by nature it is truly beautiful. The sea lions are there...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The gift shop was nice and well priced. However, charging $15/person to go into their basement seemed a bit highMore

Thank Christopher H
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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Our adult admission price is $14.00. Senior are $13.00 each. Children ages 5 to 12 are $8.00 each and children 4 and younger are free. Parking is also free. Our pricing is below most family oriented attractions. Your...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Short visit. Kids enjoyed it. Other than the sea lions laying around, not much more to see. But if you've never seen sea lions in the wild, this place is worth a visit.

Thank James M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very cool way to observe the sea lions of the Pacific. It is a 100' elevator down to the cave area that is attended. We took about 30 minutes to see the views and read the information. Fun time. Good popcorn snack...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I hadn't been here since my kids were little, but when I heard my hubby had never been, had to give him the experience. He thoroughly enjoyed it! The weather actually cooperated too.

Thank Lynne K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to watch and learn about Sea Lions and Seals. For a fee you get to go down from the cliff in an elevator to the sea level where the Caves are. The winter and spring time are great to see...More

Thank RoMistry
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Soph851
8 October 2017|
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Response from DVD1961 | Reviewed this property |
I would advise you to check the webcam online to see if the sea lions are even there most of the time I've been there in April I was just fine and that my wife and I just came back from the sea lion caves and there are tons... More
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Soph851
8 October 2017|
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Response from wvillamil | Reviewed this property |
They are there year round. Weekdays are less busy. Also if you want to see sea lions without paying, they are everywhere at the Newport bayfront about 30 Miles North of sea lions cave. At the bayfront, they have taken over a... More
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Carrie C
10 July 2017|
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Response from Sherrie M | Reviewed this property |
I'm siggest low tide. When it's low tide, more sea lions will be gathered on the rocks below the lookout and also lying on the rocks in the caves. Hope this information helps!
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